I Applied College Application Board

I Applied College Board

Senior Year Timeline

  • January – March

    • Submit financial aid application (FAFSA). Most colleges require you to submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA. Start exploring financial aid and scholarships at the colleges you applied to. By the time you start receiving acceptance letters, you’re going to want to have a grasp of how much you can save, and aid packages can differ a great deal from school to school. 
    • Submitting late applications. Some schools have late deadlines or rolling admissions policies, meaning there is no set deadline and applications may be submitted anytime in the winter or spring. As with everything else, it is still wise to apply as early as you can. You never know how competitive open seats will be.
    • Acceptance letters. Acceptance, rejection and waitlist letters may start arriving as early as February or March. In most cases, you will have until the end of April to make a decision. If you haven’t received any letters yet, don’t worry. It is common for letters to go out in April.
    • Continue to apply for scholarships.
    • Complete Beckley Area Foundation application. The Beckley Area Foundation application is now available, deadline March 1st.  For more information see Mrs. Culicerto.

    Source: cfwv.com & educationcorner.com/senior-year-college-application


15 to Finish

  • 15 to finish

    Did you know in order to complete a bachelor’s degree in four years you must take at least 15 hours each semester?  According to the 15 to Finish campaign the longer you stay in college the less likely you are to graduate.  By getting a head start on your college career you can save money and time. 

    Numerous colleges/universities offer college classes to high school juniors and seniors for $25 per credit hour which equals a total of $75 per class.  However, each college/university admission requirements may differ.  Also, by completing a college course you are establishing a college transcript.  Upon completion of the college course you must request a transcript from that college’s registrar office.  If you would like to transfer college credit to another college, you must request your transcript to be sent from the registrar’s office. 

    Your high school counselor does not get a copy of your college transcript.  Furthermore, as a junior you are completing your college course outside of school hours.   As a senior, if eligible, your college course can be built into your high school schedule.  For more information see your grade level counselor.

     If you are interested in earning college credit, see below:           computer

    Marshall University Online College Course in the High Schools (OCCHS)


    West Virginia University High School Access Early College Program


    West Virginia University Tech Early Enrollment Types


    New River Community and Technical College (Provisional Students)


    Note:  Student is responsible for cost of college course.


Senior Announcements

  • FAFSA Help????
    If you are in need of help in completing the FAFSA, we will have the Driector of Financial Aid from WVU Tech here on Tuesday, February 25th in the library to assist you or your parent.  Sign-up in the counseling suite for your appointment time.

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  • WVSU Admissions Counselor
    February 26, 2020 - Seniors interested in attending West Virginia State University are encouraged to sign up in the Guidance Office to meet with WVSU's admissions counselor.  Sign-ups are currently underway; for more please see Mrs. Culicerto.

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  • Fairmont State University Soar Award
    Spend an evening with President Martin, faculty, and staff as we celebrate your Falcon journey. All students will receive a $500 STACKABLE SCHOLARSHIP that helps defray the cost of attending Fairmont State.  To register click here.

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  • 2020 Beckley Area Foundation Scholarships


    What Happens When You Apply

    The Beckley Area Foundation provides oversight for scholarship funds established by individuals, firms and organizations wishing to assist students in furthering their education. 


    Many of the scholarships managed by BAF are designated for use by students pursuing a particular field of study or attending a specific school. 


    Additionally, there are scholarships that can be used at any college for graduates.  While the majority of scholarships benefit Raleigh County applicants there are others designated for Fayette, Mercer, Monroe, Summers, Webster, and Wyoming students.


    BAF’s 2020 application process is using a ‘universal approach’.  This feature allows the applicant to be directed to multiple scholarship opportunities, for which they are eligible, while completing only one common application.


    First, you will need to create an account.  A link to the application portal appears at end of these instructions.

    • Following the creation of an account you will click the Apply button which will take you to a page for the Universe. 
    • On the page you will scroll down to locate the Beckley Area Foundation Scholarship Application 2020 form.
    • You will complete the common questions on the application.
    • The next page will be a confirmation message identifying the scholarship opportunities for which you are eligible to apply, and which scholarships require answering supplemental questions.
    • You will need to review your additional scholarship opportunities, then select and complete supplemental questions for the Opportunities you have chosen to pursue.
    • A separate Application will be created automatically in the system for each Opportunity to which you have chosen to apply.


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  • 2020 FAFSA Completion Campaign


    Senior FAFSA Cord Project


    This year the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission has raised the FAFSA completion rate to 70%.  Currently Shady Spring High School is at 34.3% an increase of 10% from a month ago.  Last year's graduates had a completion rate of 64.2%.


    In an effort to help meet the state goal of 70% Shady Spring High School has registered to participate in the FAFSA Completion Campaign.  Every senior who completes their FAFSA by March 1, 2020 will receive a FAFSA Cord to be worn with their caps & gowns at graduation. 


    Remember, you must create an FSA ID in order to complete the FAFSA.  I have attached the directions for you in case you would like to file over the Christmas Break.

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  • WV Invest Grant Program
    Did you know the WV Invest Grant Program covers the cost of basic tuition and fees for certificate or associate degree programs in specific high demand fields, as determined by the WV Department of Commerce, at participating WV public two – or – four-year institution?

    How it Works

    WV Invest Application

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  • Fee Wavier
    Did you know if you receive free or reduced lunch you are eligible for a fee wavier for PSAT, SAT, ACT, and AP testing? For more information see your grade level counselor.

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Upcoming Open Houses

  •  Attending an open house is a great way to explore what a college has to offer.  Please hover over the institution of interest to register for their upcoming open house.

    Marshall University


    Marshall University
    Green and White Day
    Spring Dates Coming Soon

    Bethany College
    (Bethany, WV)
    Green and White Day
    Spring Dates Coming Soon

    (Morgantown, WV)
    Spring Dates Coming Soon

    wvu tech
    WVU Tech
    (Beckley, WV)
    Saturday, March 7, 2020

    Concord University
    (Athens, WV)
    Spring Dates Coming Soon
    su   Shepherd University
    (Shepherdstown, WV)
    Spring Dates Coming Soon
    Fairmont State
    Fairmont State University
    (Fairmont, WV)
    Maroon and White Day
    Spring Dates Coming Soon

    WV Wesleyan 
    (Buckhannon, WV)
    Spring Dates Coming Soon
    West Liberty University  
    West Liberty University
    (West Liberty, WV)
    Black and Gold Day
    Dates Coming Soon


    University of Charleston 
    (Charleston, WV)
    Spring Dates Coming Soon


    West Virginia State University 
    (Institute, WV)
    Spring Dates Coming Soon

    Individual campus tours are available at community and technical colleges upon request.  Contact the admissions office of the preferred community and technical college.